100% transparency in logistics is the strategic goal of all companies. High costs, risky and long IT integration and the lack of connectivity along the value chain are the main obstacles to effective implementation.
BLACKBOX & SIGFOX offer you a unique solution for the overall transparency of your logistics processes. Our approach: Instead of complex manual scanning, your intelligent load carriers report themselves! And it works far beyond the borders of your company. In real-time and highly secure.
The load carriers equipped with the tracking solution can be localized - without any local infrastructure - both indoors and outdoors.
The most cost-effective solution for your logistics:
With smart logistics solutions, the logistics manager can now see his entire logistics workflow in a single glance. He can watch assets in real time or dig deeper into the data on a single asset. And he can do this at any time, from anywhere. Now, when a question about a component arises, he does not need to spend hours on the phone, trying to connect with on-the-ground personnel. With his app dashboard acting as a virtual control tower, he can answer that question with the click of a button.
If any component requires special handling or temperature control, geolocation capabilities can be coupled with transportation conditions monitoring for added value. Now, a manager is also alerted if an asset falls outside a predetermined temperature range, or receives unexpected vibrations or shocks.
From a user perspective, smart logistics solutions are fairly straightforward to deploy. A small, battery-powered smart tracking device is securely mounted onto a container, truck or wagon carrying goods. Once mounted, the device collects real-time information about the exact location of those goods at any point along the supply chain and securely transmits that information through Sigfox’s global IoT network.
The information can be aggregated on a customized app platform or connected directly to a company’s existing Logistic Information System.
Unlike most first-generation smart devices, objects that connect to the Sigfox network don’t rely on WiFi or 4G, so connectivity is never an issue, regardless of where an asset travels. Each device is plug and play, so no pairing or infrastructure is required and devices can be transferred as needed from one asset to another. The level of data that these intelligent devices are able to collect and organize is unprecedented. A logistics manager can now pull up his app dashboard at any time to see up-to-the-minute information about the exact location of an asset, the speed at which it is moving, and it’s estimated arrival time based on current travel conditions. And when an asset does arrive at a location, automated time and date stamps replace the need to scan RFID barcodes altogether.
Receive better insights and improve client service levels to create a lean supply chain with constant improvements.
It’s one thing to quickly address problems, but the true goal is to plan ahead and correct issues before they ever occur. Smart logistics solutions allow companies to evaluate and improve their supply chain networks with an unprecedented level of accuracy. The staggering amount of information about transportation routes, warehouse delays and network gaps acts as a complete audit trail, giving companies all of the data they need to analyze and repair inefficiencies in their supply chains.
As our global economy becomes even more complex and interconnected, the logistics and transportation industry must be at the forefront of innovation, helping create a roadmap for success.
Undoubtedly, smart logistics solutions will remain a powerful ally in this process, giving the industry the tools it needs to remain lean and agile in an ever changing world.